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Caitlyn Faircloth, a worker with Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, hands out free ice cream next to a tip jar, Monday, June 2, 2014, at a rally celebrating the passage of a $15 minimum wage measure outside Seattle City Hall in Seattle. The Seattle City Council passed a $15 minimum wage measure, Monday, but not until after debate over how long businesses will have to phase in the measure, and how tips, benefits, and other forms of compensation will be considered. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Technology is making us tip more than ever

Monday, March 30, 2015

By now, you’ve probably experienced it: After grabbing a cup of espresso, buying some ice cream or taking a cab, you swipe your credit card and prepare to sign – but you’re thrown a curve ball. The payment screen prompts you to make a decision about a tip you weren’t planning to give or at a rate that seems totally …

Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that’s long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don’t get gored later. It’s routine to remove the horn tissue …

AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Associated Press notified the International Organization for Migration about men in this story, who were then moved out of Benjina by the police for their safety. Hundreds of slaves remain on the island, and five other men were in the cage this week. The Burmese slaves sat on the floor …

Potent condiments deliver big flavor

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

When I was growing up, my family celebrated both Jewish and Christian holidays. And one of my favorites was Passover. Perhaps it was the Hebrew singing that made it special for me. Or maybe it was the rich …

Forget asparagus: Give me bacon, eggs and potatoes

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The classic foods of Easter dinner have never done much for me. Sure, a honey-glazed ham is nice. But the rest of the meal tends to go downhill, queuing up mostly springtime vegetable cliches. Now, Easter brunch is …

The ultimate kitchen appliance, available everywhere but here

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

KitchenAid is getting into the market for the best appliance you’ve never heard of. The Thermomix is a food processor/blender that also has a heating element and a scale. Sounds crazy, I know, like one of those weird things you see advertised on television: “It’s a car buffer, …

As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

Sunday, March 1, 2015

At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists “The 1%er” made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull and instead of buzzers, customers are given license …

Try a taste of this Scandinavian Lenten treat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My father’s side of the family emigrated to the United States from the Swedish-speaking part of Finland. And though I have never been to the land of my ancestors, I was raised to love cardamom, which is to …

Homemade mozzarella in 40 minutes? Not a stretch

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pizza night in our house is full-on DIY. Homemade pizza dough and sauce from summer’s canned tomatoes, sure; that’s de rigeur. But homemade mozzarella? Oh, yes. Quite simply, it’s a revelation. Mozzarella is entry-level cheesemaking: satisfying, quick, inexpensive …

Goat farmers, producers handle increased demand for dairy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Demand for goat milk and other dairy products has steadily increased in the United States in recent years largely because of growing interest in artisan cheeses and populations accustomed to goat products. That’s left goat farmers and dairy producers scurrying to keep up and find new and better …

Dietary guidelines panel advises policy changes, soda tax

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A government panel of nutrition experts is suggesting taxes on sodas and snacks along with incentives for healthy eating to encourage Americans to eat better. Some members of Congress are already pushing back, saying the panel has overstepped its bounds. The recommendations, released last week by the advisory …

FDA issues warning as peanuts found in cumin spice

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice – a life-threatening danger to people with peanut allergies. The recall has been ongoing since December, as more retailers identify products that contain the cumin. The Food and Drug Administration …

Colleges start to embrace sustainable seafood label

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Maine Colleges embrace label for sustainable seafood A Maine science institute wants students at New England colleges to know if the seafood in their school cafeterias was pulled from the region’s waters. The Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research …